Printing photos from phones

At No Naked Walls! we hear this question more than any other: “Can you print a picture I took with my smartphone?” The answer is nearly always yes, but there are a few things you can do to get the best results possible. The three factors that most effect the quality of your photo are file size, lighting, and the way you get the picture to us (email vs text, etc.).

First, if you haven’t already, change the camera settings on your iPhone or other smartphone, and set the image size to the highest resolution, or largest file size possible. Sometimes your default setting will be to a smaller file size to conserve memory, but that limits the size you can print your picture.

Next, take the photo in the best light possible. Extreme back-lighting (especially outdoors) is hard to fix. We will do our best to edit your photos to look their best, but sometimes the data just isn’t there to work with, especially with dark shadows or very harsh light.

Finally, it’s important that you get the original photo, as your phone’s camera took it, to us for printing. Do not send the picture by text. Your phone automatically scales down a picture that is sent by text to about one tenth the original size. It will still look good on your phone, but it probably won’t look as good printed 8” x 10” (or larger!). Emailing the photo is the easiest way to preserve the integrity of the picture. Often, when you are sending the photo via email, you will be asked what size attachment to use. (My iPhone says “Small”, “Medium”, “Large”, and “Actual Size”.) Choose “Actual Size”, or the largest format offered.

You can send your photos to urbanerica@gmail.com, but please include your name, contact info, and the quantity, number, and your preferred paper type (or canvas!) for your prints.

Don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions, or stop in (with your phone) to see what we can do with your photos!

This is an iPhone photo, but printed and framed, it looks as good as any snapshot from a traditional digital camera!

Phone Photo Framed